A small private developer has just submitted an application to the new Development Opportunities Office for a huge spa resort and marina club with residential flats on Lamma Island. The proposed development on the southeastern part of the island is one of the first projects to seek approval from the office, set up under the Development Bureau to provide one-stop consultation and co- ordination services to help private development projects. King Wong Development general manager Paul Lam has confirmed that the company has filed an application to develop the sites near Mo Tat Wan and Tung O Wan, the two bays in the southeast of Lamma. 'The project contains hotel facilities, a marina club and residential flats,' Mr Lam said. 'The area for the hotel and marina is quite large.' A person who has been in touch with the developer said the idea was to build a spa resort on the island. Dubbed 'the landlord of the Lamma Island', the company's chief executive and managing director, Bobby Li, reportedly said last year that the resort would include a six-star hotel next to a multi-purpose clubhouse for hotel guests and residents. Mr Li said all the residential flats would overlook Shek Pai Wan, a rocky bay that is part of Tung O Wan, where a yacht berth would be constructed. He hoped the area could host international windsurfing competitions or regattas. The developer's website says it owns more than three million square feet (28 hectares) of land on the island. It has built some high-end residential properties on other parts of Lamma, such as at Nga Kau Wan. A person familiar with the assessment procedures at the Development Opportunities Office said the project fulfilled basic criteria for seeking assistance from the office, including owning a site for development and serving a wider public interest by adding an attraction for tourists. But the person said the project did not necessarily have the office's support. 'Is it an attraction that will boost the city's tourism industry? Is the project dominated by residential development? Will it cause damage to the environment? These are some questions that the project proponent needs to justify.' The office will seek policy support from various government bureaus and consult the Land and Development Advisory Committee. The office has received about 30 applications since its establishment last month. The resort proposal is not completely new to residents living in four villages - Mo Tat Old Village, Mo Tat New Village, Yung Shue Ha Village and Tung O Village. The villages are more than 300 years old, with about 100 residents. Many of them are over 60 years old. Raymond Chan Yuet-wai, Mo Tat New Village's head, whose family sold about 5,575 square metres of farmland to King Wong five years ago, said the developer briefed him about the project before buying the land. 'We've high expectations about the idea of building a resort hotel,' said Mr Chan, who runs a restaurant on Mo Tat Wan, adding that about nine in 10 villagers had sold agricultural land to the developer. 'The boat service to and from this part of the island is not very frequent because there are not enough passengers,' he said. 'We hope this, as well as other facilities such as public toilets and the walkways, will be improved when more people are expected to come.' Other villagers seem either supportive or not too concerned about the plan. 'I'm OK as long as I'm still allowed to live here,' Tung O Village resident Chow Chiu-tai said. Chow Kwun-tai, who has been living on the island since she was born, said: 'He can build it if he wishes. I'm 70 already and I don't know if I'll still be around when it's built.' Islands District councillor Chan Lin-wai, also the chairman of the Lamma Island (North) Rural Committee, said he supported the project because it would bring more tourists, thus boosting business on the island. 'The rural committee welcomes any developer to come and spur the development of Lamma,' he said. But Daniela Christen and Manuel Mahler, visitors from Switzerland hiking on the island, said they would prefer to 'keep the area as it is'. 'It's beautiful with the nature, and there are already enough hotels on Hong Kong Island,' said Ms Christen, 20. Nearby Sham Wan beach on the south of Lamma is a restricted area because it is a nesting site for green turtles. Public access is restricted during the breeding season, from June to October.